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Parc national de la Jacques‑Cartier

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Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier lies in the Laurentian Highlands in the Québec City tourism region. It can be accessed by Route 175 and exit 182, Chemin du Parc-National.

Area: 670 km2




Chicoutimi Sector

Vallée Sector

41 km

289 km

170 km

L'Épaule Sector

61 km

309 km

150 km

Sautauriski sector

67 km

315 km

144 km

Jumeau Sector 88 km 336 km 123 km


Access and Operating Period

Get directions

Vallée Sector

From Québec City:

  • Take the Route 73 N (follow directions for Saguenay), which becomes the 175 N. The entrance to the Vallée sector is near exit 182, Chemin du Parc-National. The distance from downtown Québec City to the entrance to La Vallée sector is 40 km. It is another 10 km to the Discovery and Visitors Centre.

Additional Information

The park is open year-round. To plan your activities better, check when services are available in each sector.

Road Information

Exit 182, chemin du Parc-National
Rte 175
Stoneham et Tewkesbury

47˚ 06’ 30’’ N
71˚ 20’ 50’’ W

Vallée Sector

Opening information for Chemin du Parc-National:
From Mid-May to the first snowfall: open up to km 33, depending on weather conditions
From the first snowfall to Mid-May: open up to the Discovery and Visitors Centre (km 10)

These dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions. We strongly advise you to contact us at 418-0848-3169, extension 6 to find out about road conditions.

Discovery and Visitors Centre

Services: Reception and information, equipment rental, general store, first aid service.


  • April 1 to May 11, 2023
    • every day, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • May 12 to June 15, 2023
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • June 16 to August 27, 2023
    • every day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • August 28 to October 9, 2023
    • Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lac à l'Épaule Sector, Sautauriski Sector, Jumeau Sector

Visit the Réserve faunique des Laurentides Web page

Universal Access

The following areas offer access to the mobility-impaired:

  • Discovery and Visitors Centre
  • Alluvions campground (washroom facilities and some campsites)
  • Belleau and Pont-Banc picnic areas (washroom facilities)


General Store

The general store is located in the Discovery and Visitors Centre. It offers a wide range of souvenir items, adult and children's clothing, heritage discovery products for young people, and outdoor items. It also offers educational products, such as books and activity books. The general store also offers convenience items.

Equipment Rental

Boating Equipment

  • Canoe
  • Open kayak, solo or tandem
  • Kayak for child
  • Inflatable dinghy
  • Inner tube
  • Mini-raft
  • Stand-up paddle
  • Wetsuit (Wearing a wetsuit is mandatory when the water temperature is below 15 degrees Celsius.)
  • Safety helmet
  • Dry bag, watertight cask

Rental by-the-hour

  • June 17 to September 5, 2023
    • every day, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last rental at 4 p.m.)
  • September 6 to 17, 2023
    • Saturday and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last rental at 4 p.m.)

Outdoor Equipment

  • Snowshoes (adults and childrens)
  • Fatbikes
  • Walking pole
  • Walking cleats
  • Backcountry skis
  • Hok skis
  • Baby-carrier sleds
  • Baby-carrier

  Transport Services

WINTER Baggage transport service with La Cachée rustic shelters and Sautauriski hut accommodations.

Details and rates
Limited number of places.
Reservations required at

Additional Services

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, in collaboration with Happy Yak meals, offers a ready-to-eat food service. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, Happy Yak meals are delicious, easy to prepare and lightweight for transport. They provide enough calories to meet the nutritional needs of fans of the great outdoors and the portions are very generous.
Discover Happy Yak products (about fifteen main dishes, five meal soups, and several desserts) at the Discovery and Visitors Centre. Happy Yak meals, accomplices in your outdoor adventures!

Services for families

To better plan your activities, please consult our family services.

Nearby Services

Many beds & breakfasts, inns, motels, and hotels are located near the park.

Public transportation services from Quebec City to the park

Outdoor enthusiasts currently can count on a public transportation service to travel from Quebec City to Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier without a car.

Quatre Natures shuttle

Every day of the week, all year round, you can take the Quatre Natures shuttle from Place d’Armes (9 a.m.) or from Gare du Palais (9:10 a.m.) to go directly to the discovery and visitors centre at the heart of Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier. Booking required. The return trip will be at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. (depending on the season) from the discovery and visitors centre (travel time: 45 minutes). Details

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
103 chemin du Parc-National
Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury (Québec)  G3C 2T5

Telephone : 418 848-3169, ext. 6

Fax : 418 848-1372



Regulations are in effect in Québec national parks. Before going to a national park, check the main rules and recommendations to better plan your visit. Details

Domestic animals

Since May 17, 2019, dogs are allowed. However, they are only allowed in certain areas. Check out the applicable rules and authorized sites.

Guide dogs and service dogs are allowed everywhere. Other pets are still prohibited in national parks.

Companion Leisure Card (CAL)

Companion Leisure Card (CAL) holders may be accompanied free of charge by one person during a visit in a Québec national park. Find out more


In order to minimize the impact on wildlife and on the customer experience, Sépaq does not allow recreational drone use at the establishments it manages. Find out more


Discovery Guide Winter trail guide (in French only) Careful by nature


Day Fishing Plan 2023 (in French only) Fishing Results, 2022 Season (in French only) Fishing Results, 2021 Season (in French only) Fishing Results, 2020 Season (in French only)

Map Library

Summer Activities

Winter Activities

Camping and accommodations

Complementary tool: Avenza Maps

The mobile app allows you to geotag your location on our territory maps. To read one of our maps using Avenza Maps, download the maps from the Avenza Maps mapstore.

Several other maps of Sépaq (including lake maps) are accessible via the mapstore of Avenza Maps. You can access the maps directly in the application or via their website.

External Links

Bonjour Québec Camping Québec Québec City Tourism Regroupement des stations de ski de fond de la région de Québec Youth Hotel (Hostelling International Canada)

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